Additional Resources to Assist You
The OCSPCA has many resources to assist you in helping your own special pet or other animals in need.
If you do not see the information you are looking for, please email us and we will be happy to refer you to the right resources.
Shelters & Rescues
If you are looking to adopt a pet, there are endless shelters and rescues you can contact. Please take a look at our Shelters page for a shelter near you.
If you are looking for a rescue group to adopt from, the internet is a good resource to search for rescues. Some rescues are specific to the species such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles and more. Other rescues are specific to a breed such German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Lhasa Apsos, Dachshunds, Boxers, Pugs, Beagles, Huskies, Siamese, Bengals, Persians, Ragdolls and the list goes on. Then there are other rescues that are specific to the size of pet such as small dog rescues. If you search on the internet for the species, breed or size pet you are looking for, you are sure to find your next furry family member. A good resource to look for rescues for adoption is www.petfinder.com.
What to Do if you Lost a Pet
When you discover that your pet is missing:
- Search all areas in and around your house, yard, and neighborhood for several blocks and even miles in all directions.
- Make flyers to post around the neighborhood and at local businesses such as pet supply stores and veterinarian offices. Other businesses may also let you post flyers such as schools, libraries, or other public places. Always ask for permission to post a flyer before doing so. On the flyer, include a photo, description, pet’s name and your phone number or contact info.
- Make sure you tell neighbors that your pet is missing. Word of mouth is important in spreading the word. Plus, tell your mail carrier and other routine delivery persons to be on the look out for your lost pet.
- Physically go down to the local animal shelters to look for your pet as well as check each shelter’s website postings for found pets. It is important to physically check local animal shelters because your pet may look different in his or her picture or may be listed incorrectly as a different breed on the shelter website. Keep in mind that animals can travel far from your home because they can run long distances. Also, for instance, a cat may jump in a delivery truck and get relocated out of the area or a person may pick up your lost pet and take them out of your area. Therefore, be sure to check not only the shelter in your immediate area but surrounding areas as well. In addition, most shelters have a “Lost Pets” registry or bulletin board. And, check with each shelter’s record of animals dead on arrival. /link to shelters/
- Check Craigslist and your local newspaper’s classifieds for “Found Pets” and put a “Lost Pet” listing in each of these resources. (Craigslist has both a pet section and lost & found section that you can post for a “Lost Pet.”) Check Craigslist and the newspaper daily for a few months. It is not uncommon for a pet to be lost for a while before someone find’s them or posts an ad.
- Remember, you should always make sure your pet has current identification in the event he or she is lost. Your pet should wear a collar at all times with your current information and please microchip your pet. Microchipping will allow pet to be returned to you in the event their collar and pet tag are removed while they are lost.
What to Do if you Find a Pet
- If the pet you found has a collar with identification, call the phone number on the pet’s identification tag.
- If you are in a position to take the pet to a veterinarian’s office, take the pet and get the pet scanned for a microchip. If the pet has a microchip, the veterinarian can call the owner and let them know you have their pet.
- If the pet you found does not have a collar with identification or microchip, immediately contact local shelters and report that you have found an animal. The first place a pet owner is likely to look for their lost pet is at the local shelter.
- Post “Found Pet” flyers in and around the neighborhood you found the pet. Include pet description and your contact number or info.
- Run a “Found Pet” ad on Craigslist and your local newspaper.
Other Animal Welfare Organizations with Financial Assistance Programs
Our Animal Rescue Fund has limited funds available to help low-income pet owners with vet bills. (Please see our Animal Rescue Fund page for more information and an application for medical assistance.) It is possible for you to secure several contributions from these organizations. In most cases, no organization will cover 100% of the cost for your pet’s urgent care. Here is a list of other organizations you should contact to seek help with medical care for your pet in need.
Printable version of this list of resources:
This printable list may not be as up-to-date as what is listed here on this page.
Helpful Resources for Financial Difficulties:
This website has many ideas for out-of-the-box ways to fund your pet’s care: http://www.thepetfund.com/for-pet-owners/financial-assistance
Care Credit – 0% Interest credit card to be used as payment for veterinary bills
The following organizations have financial aid programs that may be able to make a financial pledge to care for your pet.
Please know that each organization has its own application process. Some require financial documents to verify financial hardship. Most groups do not reimburse/pledge if the veterinary care has already been provided. It is best to contact each group and find out what their process is exactly.
RUFF – Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends
Animal Assistance League of Orange County
Saddleback Valley Humane Society (for people residing in the 949 and 714 area codes only)
The Ozzy Foundation
Voice for the Animals
Will make $50 pledge even after treatment has been performed as long as pet is still at the animal hospital. Call and leave a detailed message with where the pet is, and what treatment is needed. They do not pledge for diagnostics like x-rays or blood work. They will pledge for treatment and medications.
(310) 392-5153, ext. 1
Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation
Bow Wow Buddies Foundation
For dogs only! Applicants can apply for a grant up to $2,500 and up to 30 days AFTER a procedure has been done, as long as the bill has not been paid yet. Funds cover necessary medical treatments for certain conditions and emergency services. Not available for spay/neuter, dental work, preventative care, ongoing treatments or end of life care.
Actors & Others for Animals
STARelief and Pet Assistance
Can assist with expenses related to emergency medical care, emergency boarding, spay/neuter, routine medical care (vaccines, microchip, etc.), and end-of-life services.
Angel Fund Grant Program
Financial help for sick or injured companion animals.
The Animal Hospital needs to be a member of the SCVMA. In order to check what vets are members, please click here and type in your zip code to do a search: http://www.scvma.org/find-a-vet/
Friends & Vets Helping Pets
Red Rover aka United Animal Nations
Brown Dog Foundation
Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals
Pets of the Homeless
Nation-wide animal organization focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of homeless people.
The following is a list of Foundations, Animal Hospitals, or Services that may be able to provide free or low cost surgeries or other services:
The Dr. Steve Abrams Foundation
Eliminating Economic Euthanasia One Grant at a Time (must use one of their contracted animal hospitals). Please click on the link below and scroll down to see the list of animal hospitals that work with this Foundation.
Sam Simon Foundation
Free or low-cost surgeries. They perform a variety of surgeries including amputations, ear & eye surgeries, hernias, mass removals, bite wound repair, bladder stone removal, and some exploratory surgeries.
Affordable Veterinary Referral Service (Helps find treatment needed for lowest price)
NOT FOR EMERGENCIES! Calls are returned within a few hours. This agency will refer you to a specific vet in O.C. and will negotiate with the hospital owner to get a lower price for you. This includes Cruciate Ligament Repair, Patella Luxation Surgery, Fracture Repairs, Dental Extractions, Growth/Tumor Removals, and much more!
Panorama Pet Hospital
Low-cost Orthopedic Surgeries (ACL, Cruciate Ligament Repair, Luxating Patella)
The following is a list of organizations that help for specific health conditions or diagnoses:
The Pet Fund
For chronic health issues like cancer or heart disease. Not for emergency cases.
Magic Bullet Fund
Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment in dogs
Diabetic Cats In Need
Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics
Our Animal Rescue Fund has limited funds available to help low-income pet owners with medical costs to spay and neuter their pets. Please see our Animal Rescue Fund for more information and an application for spay/neuter vouchers. The following clinics offer low cost spay and neuter procedures for pets that are available to the public and do not require a pet owner to qualify financially for discounted services.
For prices, contact one of the following animal hospitals:
Pro Pet Fix – Fullerton
Pro Pet Fix – Santa Ana
Golden State Humane – Garden Grove
Trinity Pet Hospital – Laguna Hills
Mesa West Pet Hospital – Costa Mesa
* Must mention OCSPCA to receive discounted prices
Stanton Pet Hospital – Stanton
* Must mention OCSPCA to receive discounted prices
You can find additional information on spay/neuter and vaccine clinics that are in your area HERE.
There are many options for boarding your pet through private pet sitters, pet hotels/doggie daycare, and animal clinics & hospitals.
To find a private sitter in your area, try www.dogvacay.com.
Zoom Room Huntington Beach
What do I do if I have a feral cat in my neighborhood or office area?
Please see information for assistance and helpful information on feral/community cats under our OCCATS program.
How do I protect my pet against coyotes and other wildlife?
According to the OC Animal Care, pet owners should follow the following helpful tips to discourage wildlife activity in their neighborhoods to protect their pets.
- Cats and small dogs can be easy prey for predators and should be supervised as closely as possible or kept indoors.
- Keep pet food indoors and do not leave food of any kind outside at night. Food left out at night will be taken as a welcome invitation by wildlife, and may prompt a future visit.
- Remove any fruit which has fallen to the ground.
- Store trash in covered, heavy-duty containers.
- Keep yards free from potential shelter such as thick brush and weeds, and enclose the bottoms of porches and decks.
- Eliminate garbage, debris, lumber piles, etc.
- Check fencing and try to eliminate access points to roof tops.
- Change automatic sprinkler settings regularly.
Remember, when walking your dog, always keep your dog on a leash. Coyotes have been known to approach and snatch dogs while walking with their owners even in residential areas. Also, not only is it the law in Orange County that all dogs must be on a leash in public areas but it will also give you maximum control over your pet if approached by a coyote or other wildlife animal.
What if I find a sick, injured or dead wildlife animal?
OC Animal Care will respond to situations regarding any wildlife that is sick, injured, dead (depending on contract city), or has had physical contact with a human or domestic animal. Please visit the Orange County Animal Care website for more information as well as information on a specific wildlife animal:
- Mountain Lions
- Urban Ducks
What do I do if I find an injured bird?
If you find an injured bird or fledgling that needs assistance, the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center has valuable information on what to do. This organization will also provide care and rehabilitation to many different species of wild birds and may be able to provide referrals to other organizations for those species they do not assist.
 See website for Orange County Animal Care, Field Operations, Wildlife Information, https://cms.ocgov.com/gov/occr/animal/services/wildlife.asp